GRANDVIEW - The Grandview campus of Yakima Valley Community College was awarded $600,000 yesterday (Tuesday) for its future library.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston awarded $6 million to 10 institutions who serve the Hispanic population for the purpose of neighborhood revitalization efforts, affordable housing promotion and to stimulate economic development.
Through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, and its Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program, Yakima Valley Community College was one of the 10 institutions awarded funding.
"I am proud of the partnership HUD has with these colleges and universities so that, together, we can help revitalize neighborhoods, offer needed public services and stimulate community development around their campuses," Preston said of the 10 institutions.
Each of the colleges and universities qualified due to the fact that the student population is made up of at least 25 percent Hispanic undergraduate students.
Yakima Valley Community College intends to use the HUD funding to build a library in partnership with the City of Grandview. The library, according to Stefanie Lea of the college's community relations office, will be located on the Grandview campus and near Grandview's downtown area in a central location.
As a public facility, she said, "...it will serve all members of the community with specific resources for low and moderate-income individuals."
Lea said the library will include a multipurpose room that can be used for training and workshops. It will contain networked computers, professionally trained staff members and resources to support economic development activities within the community.
Once it is completed seminars will be held in the library and will be offered to the public.
Grandview campus Dean Bryce Humpherys said, "The $600,000 grant is a huge piece of the $2 million needed for state-matching funding for the library."
He said the library will be a large part of the community and will serve students and community members throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.
Humpherys added, "The library will serve the community and its students, providing support for their educational needs."
He said he is pleased HUD granted them this funding.